A 30-year-old Florida Man who helped drag a shark to death while it was tied to the back of a speedboat has been sentenced to serve 10 days in jail.
30-year-old Robert Lee Benac III was one of the 3 men who filmed themselves laughing as they dragged the helpless shark to death near Egmont Key in June 2017.
The shark in the video died.
Another footage soon went viral, and it showed men shooting the sharks and showed them pouring alcohol down the throats of the fish that were still alive.
The 30-year-old man initially faced felony charges but was allowed to plead down to misdemeanor charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and violation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Rules.
Benac was sentenced to 10 days in the Hillsborough County Jail.
Benac was also given 11 months of probation and was ordered by the local court to perform 250 hours of community service, which can be served in an animal shelter.
He was also asked to pay $2500 in fine.
Justin Petredis, the attorney of Benac, admitted that they took the last-minute deal as the video of his client went viral on social media and sparked outrage amongst animal rights groups.
During an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Justin said, “That was a worry, that the anger and emotions of the jury would outweigh where we were hoping common sense would take over.”
23-year-old Michael Wenzel, the person who was maneuvering the boat, pleaded guilty to 2 misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.